Left arm pacer Mohsin Khan avoided a possible amputation of his bowling hand after approaching the doctor just in time, the Lucknow Super Giants player revealed after his match-winning effort against Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Mohsin was tasked with defending 11 runs in the final against a marauding Tim David and Cameron Green, giving away just five to help his team win the game and move closer to a play-off berth on Tuesday night.
This after the speedster underwent surgery last year to remove blood clots in his bowling shoulder. The shoulder injury to his bowling hand kept him out of LSG’s line-up for most of the 2023 IPL season.
“It was a very difficult time and at one point I had given up hope of playing cricket because I couldn’t even lift my hand, forgot about bowling,” Mohsin said at the post-match press conference, recalling the time he fluid The injury.
“I couldn’t stretch my hand, my physio was working next to me. It was medical related, it was quite scary, as the doctor had said if I was another month late they would have had to amputate my hand.” he added .
The 24-year-old from Uttar Pradesh had a sensational season last year but missed the entire domestic season and most of the IPL this year due to the injury.
He only played in his second game this IPL season.
“As far as my injury is concerned, first of all I would like to say that no cricketer should suffer from this kind of ailment. It was quite strange, my vein was blocked, my nerve was blocked.
“But my association (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association) Rajeev Shukla sir, LSG’s Sanjeev (Goenka) sir, my family helped me a lot. They tried their best but still I had a hard time before and after surgery.” Speaking about his plan in the finals, he said he wanted to implement what he did in training.
“Obviously there’s pressure in bowling last time, but I spoke to the captain that I would try to execute what I did in training. So I followed that and supported myself,” said Mohsin.
“I didn’t think I had to defend 11 runs or 10 runs, my goal was just to bowl six good balls, and luckily it worked. I was confident in my ability, no matter who I was bowling against, and the ball went down a bit too.” After being ruled out for most of the season, the franchise chose Saurashtra and India’s left arm sailor Jaydev Unadkat as a replacement at the IPL auction last December, but kept Mohsin in the roster.
Looking ahead, he said: “I will try to keep myself fit and play as much as possible. I was with the team, doing my rehabilitation and training.
“As you now know my dad was only discharged yesterday (Monday) because he had a stroke. I had gone to the hospital to see him, told him he was going to get better and to see me play. He must have been very happy to see me play,” he said.
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